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Positive story

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Just to post a positive story as encouragement: herniated L4-L5 in July 08. Tried conservative treatments. Normally VERY active (all types of exercise >1hr/day), but was limited. Got worse in september. 3 failed ESI's, then since I couldn't even sleep at that point went for microdiscectomy. Immediately felt better. Was walking 1 hr/day (20min at a pop) by 1 week, back to work (physical job, without lifting) at 3 weeks, full work with lifting at 6 weeks. Now back to all activities. Just came back from skiing in Wyoming.

I do still have some residual "sciatic" type symptoms in both legs (herniation was a large central one) and some neuropathy in my feet (particularly at night), but boy, compared to before, I'll take it.

Not taking any meds (rx or OTC) though I did try various remedies for the neuropathy, but side effects were worse than symptoms: they made me kind of crazy.

I was helped tremendously by these boards prior to my surgery, and wanted to leave feedback after an appropriate time to assess my response.


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    It is always real good to hear about the positive outcomes.
    Many times we hear about the negative ones, cause they are the ones that we see a lot on these forums and other health forums. So, we we hear success! Boy is that great!
    Keep things going and continue to build up strength. But also, please keep in mind, at least in the back of your head, that you did have spinal surgery and you just need to be aware of it.
    I paid the price of not paying attention to what I should not have been doing. But, even at 59, its never to late for me to make sure things stay on a positive course.
    Again, it is really good to hear positives.
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  • it all worked out for you. Be careful of how you treat your back. I had a micro and thought all was fine. Six months later, things went south quickly. I hope you will continue to improve.


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • So good to hear a positive story....keep us posted of your progress. :D
  • Thankyou for sharing your positive experiences with us. I think it is really important for us facing this surgery to hear positive stories.

  • Thanks for your positive story. I'm sure that it will provide a lot of encouragement to others facing possible surgery.
    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

  • Thank you for taking the time to post your positive experience! The microdiscectomy success rate has a pretty high compare to other surgeries! I just had my 2nd one and the recovery is going very well.

    Wishing you continual success!

    Please drop by and write how well you doing because I would love to read a long-term success story with MicroD.
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